Using Zoom while working from home? Here are the privacy risks to watch out for

Using Zoom while working from home? Here are the privacy risks to watch out for

by Rae Hodge, c|net

Don’t let tattle-tale software features disrupt your remote workflow.

Now that you’ve finished choosing your custom Zoom background, mercifully sparing your fellow workers-from-home the sight of a growing pile of gym socks behind your desk, you might think you’ve got a handle on the conference call software du jour. Unfortunately, there are a few other data security considerations to make if you want to hide your dirty laundry. 

Privacy experts have previously expressed concerns about Zoom: In 2019, the video-conferencing software experienced both a webcam hacking scandal, and a bug that allowed snooping users to potentially join video meetings they hadn’t been invited to. This month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation cautioned users working from home about the software’s onboard privacy features. 

With the novel coronavirus causing a surge in work-from-home activity, Zoom has quickly become the video meeting app of choice. And with that popularity, privacy risks are extending to a greater number of users.  

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